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Below Elbow
i-LIMB Hand Prosthesis


Components for an i-LIMB Hand prosthesis.

The i-LIMB Hand prosthesis is controlled by a unique, highly intuitive control system that uses a traditional two-input myoelectric (muscle signal) to open and close the handís life-like fingers. Myoelectric controls utilize the electrical signal generated by the muscles in the remaining portion of the patientís limb. This signal is picked up by electrodes that sit on the surface of the skin. Existing users of basic myoelectric prosthetic hands are able to quickly adapt to the system and can master the deviceís new functionality within minutes. For new patients, the i-LIMB Hand offers a prosthetic solution that has never before been available. A completely assembled
i-LIMB Hand prosthesis can be seen in the photo below:

A high capacity battery located within the prosthesis allows the patient a full day of normal use on a complete charge. Re-charging is a simple plug-in task, and a full re-charge takes 2 to 4 hours. What make's the i-LIMB Hand different than other myo-hands is utilizing the myoelectric principles used in existing devices while taking advantage of the mechanical advance of five fully-articulating powered digits. Whereas previous myoelectric hands could only be opened and closed, the i-LIMB Hand offers numerous different grip patterns. The inclusion of a thumb that can, like the human thumb, be rotated into different positions enables important grip configurations, many of which have not been available to amputees before. The grasp of the hand is much more like that of a human hand with the articulating fingers able to close tightly around objects. Built-in detection tells each individual finger when it has sufficient grip on an object and, therefore, when to stop powering. Individual fingers lock into position until the patient triggers an open signal through a simple muscle flex.

For more options and in depth instructions on this prosthesis contact the i-LIMB hand accredited Rehab Indy Staff.

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Information on the i-LIMB Hand provided by: Touch Bionics.

Amputees Serving Amputees

Rehabilitation Institute Of Indianapolis, Inc.
2437 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, In. 46208
Phone: 1-888-456-7440 or 317-924-4505